Fatal Crash on Highway 23

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

A traffic accident has killed two people on U.S. 23 near Jenkins, not far from the Virginia state line. Police say two others were flown out for treatment and one walked away from the crash.
Two vehicles were involved. No names are being released at this time. Law enforcement and emergency officials filled the northbound lane of highway 23 after a head-on collision involving two cars.

"One vehicle was going in the wrong direction collided head on with the northbound vehicle. We have two fatalities. Both of the drivers, both males, were fatalities," said James Stevens, from the Jenkins Police Department.

Both vehicles had passengers.

"We did fly out a passenger of one car; a female adult. She was flown out. We also flew out one child about two years of age from another vehicle. There was a second child that was not hurt at all," said Stevens.

Officials from the surrounding areas responded. The northbound lane was closed for a couple of hours, but around midnight officials opened the road back up to the public.
One officer says he was not expecting the accident to be that bad when he got the call.

"The majority we get seem really minor. It'll come across as huge accident and when we get there it's nothing and then we get the ones that come in as nothing and they're the huge ones. This turned out to be one of those. You never know when you get the call what you're going to have."

Highway 23 is now open to travelers. Officials tell us one driver was from Virginia and the other from Letcher county. They will release names once their families are informed about the crash.


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